A trip to Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse instilled a love of the beacons in Bart Mauceri Jr.
Mauceri, a Mooresville photographer, moved to collecting lighthouses, which have provided the inspiration for him to take photos of the real things.
His photographs of lighthouses from Maine to Georgia will be on display through Aug. 31 at the Mooresville Public Library. “The Beacons of the East Coast” is the focus of this year’s “A Journey in Images.”
An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Selma Burke Room at the library, 304 S. Main St.
The reception is free and open to the public.
Mauceri began his photographic studies at the New York Institute of Photography in New York City in 1995 and he studied there until 1999 when he became a certified photojournalist. He worked for newspapers in and around Ridgefield, Connecticut and Lewisboro, New York, taking pictures at community events and for human interest stories.
He now works as a professional freelance photographer, specializing in lighthouses, coastal subjects landscapes, still life subjects, heavenscapes and architecture.
Mauceri said it all started with that visit to Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse. “There is something about seeing a towering beacon up close, guiding ships and human souls to safe harbor and the history surrounding them,” he said in a press release.
He captured photos of a handful of Connecticut’s beacons, and after moving to North Carolina, his wish came true. He was able to photograph the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the others on the Outer Banks.
Mauceri then traveled to South Carolina and ended up in Savannah, photographing the lighthouses along the way.
Mauceri said he’s not through taking pictures of lighthouses. He’s planning to travel down the Georgia coast and into Florida, photographing those beacons. He said he might go to the Great Lakes and Canada to visit the Great Lakes Lighthouses. Eventually, he said, he might go back to the lighthouse that opened this door for him many years ago.
He said might go back to Jeffrey’s Hook and revisit the “Little Red Lighthouse” to say hi.